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Athens Introduction with Acropolis and Museum

Price: $110.00
This tour is available April through November
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Athens Introduction with Acropolis and Museum

With recorded history of more than 3,000 years, Athens is the capital of Greece and no doubt one of the most interesting places in the world. The birthplace of Classical Greece, and therefore of Western civilization, the design of the city is marked by Ottoman, Byzantine and Roman civilizations. Spend the day viewing the many historical and archeological monuments that date back to the 5th century BC and the Golden Age of Pericles.

With a multitude of conquerors occupying Athens, there are unique and splendid monuments everywhere. In 1834, it became the capital of the modern Greek state and in two centuries since it has become an attractive, modern metropolis with unrivalled charm. Visit the Acropolis and see the Parthenon dedicated to the Goddess Athena, the Propylea, the Temple of the Athena Nike, and the Erechtheum Temple, the latter that at one point was used for cult worship.

Throughout the tour you will also see Mars Hill, where St. Paul preached Christianity; the Ancient Agoria with its classic columns; the Herodes Atticus Theatre; the Theatre of Dionysius; the Temple of Zeus; and the University of Athens. Also on tap are the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the National Library, and the Panathenian Olympic Stadium where the first modern Olympic games were held in 1896.

At the New Acropolis Museum you will see some of the more than 4,000 artifacts carefully preserved from the Acropolis site as well as exhibits covering the Greek Bronze Age and the Roman and Byzantine periods.

Enjoy some free time in the Plaka neighborhood with its narrow cobblestoned streets, idyllic sidewalk cafes and numerous boutiques selling clothes, ceramics and jewelry.

This full-day small group tour is a must-do for those who love history and architecture, reserve your spot today.

Please Note: This tour includes admissions and a visit to both the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum.

Shore Excursion Size
Small
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Active, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
7 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity Level
Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From
Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided
Not Included
Recommended Dress
We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and sensible, closed-toe walking shoes. Sunscreen, sunglasses and hat are also suggested.
Restrictions
Guests must be able to get in and out of transportation. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
5 Stars5Based On 24 Reviews Review This Tour
5 StarsDay in AthensAugust 31, 2019

Reviewer: Marianna Grieco
We saw everything we wanted to see in Athens. Great tour!

5 StarsExcellent!August 06, 2019

Reviewer: Shelley Ansiel
Very professional. We were the only ones to sign up, so we enjoyed a private tour, lead by a graduate of history, a private driver, in an SUV limo. We were able to head back to the ship after we had seen all that we wanted to see.

4 StarsSolid guide, good logisticsAugust 03, 2019

Reviewer: David
The guide was knowledgeable, and the logistics well-planned to avoid the worst of the lines and crowds. Still, the Acropolis was extremely crowded. Even with a small group (9), you had to stay focused to keep track of your guide and stay with your group. Better to see the Acropolis early in the morning, before the cruise ships arrive.

5 StarsTop pointsJuly 20, 2019

Reviewer: Marilette
Best of Athens in 1x day. My girls learned sooo much and loved the day. Amazing history and the guide taught us so much. She was teally passionate. Its very hot though, even for someone from Africa, and you are out in the sun. I would recommend umbrellas. Hats are not enough.

4 StarsNice tour but HUGE crowds at AcropolisJuly 05, 2019

Reviewer: Carol Shepherd
Our guide did a good job of managing a tough situation. Crowds. A rest stop just before going to the Acropolis took almost an hour - the facilities were not all operational. Then the climb to the top took over an hour within a shoulder to shoulder, barely moving crowd. The tour group was separated during the climb but most were reassembled for some expanations of the ruins and the area around. The trip through the museum had to be limited to a description of a few of the most famous pieces. Too crowded and too rushed. Not the guide's fault, and she handled things well, but the tour should rethink the time constraints.

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